In response to the rejection of a hostage release proposal by terror organisation Hamas, negotiators from Israel, the U.S., Egypt, and Qatar had reportedly agreed on a new framework for a hostage deal in Paris. The deal involved the phased release of remaining American Israeli hostages, starting with women and children. However, Israel’s Prime Minister’s office denied such an agreement, emphasising that terrorists with blood on their hands would not be released.
Simultaneously, Gazans were calling for the overthrow of Hamas as they sought safety, with the Israel Defence Forces establishing a humanitarian corridor. The IDF aimed to evacuate civilians from combat areas to El Mosi in southwestern Gaza, ensuring their safety while intensifying efforts against Hamas. Thousands of Gazans passed through the corridor, with reports of Hamas using threats and violence to prevent civilians from leaving.
Major General Ghassan Alian noted a growing public criticism within Gaza against Hamas, indicating dissatisfaction among residents with the ongoing situation. The conflict continued to unfold amid diplomatic negotiations, humanitarian efforts, and the people’s voices seeking a change in leadership.
On this episode of 20Twenty, Ron Ross joined us to offer his regular weekly overview of the latest developments in the Middle East.
Listen to the full interview below: